While The Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks highlights the 16 cookbooks we deemed the most impressive of 2017 (check ‘em out here!), it’s only 16 books—out of heaps and heaps of cookbooks that came out last year. Yes, "heaps and heaps" is an official count.
Last year, everyone from cinephiles and taco lovers to bakers with some spare dough laying around had a cookbook come out just for them. Heck, if you like vinegar, two books came out for you. As Paula Forbes put it in her article, “2017 is coming on strong right out of the gate, with big names (Paul Kahan, Moosewood), big ideas (3-ingredient cocktails, modern slow cooker recipes), and big flavors (QUESO!).” And now we even have a new section on our bookshelves: Instant Pot cookbooks!
2017 was overall a great year for cookbooks: Sales were up 8% over the previous year—just the top ten bestselling cookbooks sold nearly 1.5 million copies—so it's likely that the 16 Piglet contenders are maybe missing a few favorites (we did our best!), which is where your Community Picks come in. We want to know what cookbooks you held close last year, and what we should cook from them.
This year, the Piglet Community Picks will go a little differently: In this Google form, make your really compelling case for which book(s) should’ve been in the Piglet. We’ll tabulate the results and select the top books and share them with you next week!
All sound good? Get to voting!